Marietta College will sponsor and host the second of three Ohio gubernatorial debates between Republican nominee Mike DeWine and Democratic nominee Richard Cordray at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Ban Johnson Arena.

DeWine, the state’s attorney general, and Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are both aiming to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich.

The Marietta debate will be conducted in an audience participation “Town Hall” format. The event is invitation-only and no public tickets will be available.

“We are pleased and excited to be selected to host one of the three gubernatorial debates and provide a venue to show how our country’s democratic system works,” said Marietta College President William N. Ruud. “Marietta College is also proud to represent all of Southeast Ohio as our two candidates familiarize themselves with this part of the state as they discuss issues that are important to the entire great state of Ohio.”

The nearly 1-hour debate will be available to air on TV and radio stations statewide. Check your local listings for the stations in your area broadcasting the debate. Debate moderators and panelists will be announced at a later date.

The first debate is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the University of Dayton and the final debate is at Cleveland State University on Oct. 8.